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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Sep 25, 2009 7:46am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

Youtube is blocked and can’t access the clip on the other link but googled the following here and there.

MR: Then after the fun and games, "Cyclone" gets more philosophical, especially with lines like, "I've got no answers of my own, and none have been provided."
BH: You know those are Robert Hunter's lyrics with a couple of additions from me.
MR: And the chorus sounds a little influenced by The Band.
BH: I love Levon, I performed at his Midnight Ramble last Fall up in Woodstock. He's an old friend, and Robbie Robertson and I wrote a song together for his record Storyville in '92. Those guys are old friends of mine, and obviously, I love The Band. I totally hear it too, I can totally hear it as being "Band-ish."

Read more at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mike-ragogna/huffpost-exclusives-rem-a_b_285423.html

"Cyclone"
Well, I've always loved [Grateful Dead lyricist and "Cyclone" scribe Robert Hunter's] writing. I've loved so many of the [Jerry] Garcia/Hunter songs — they're just timeless sounding to me, could have been written hundreds of years ago. I had this song that had the same feeling as, say, "Brokedown Palace."
It's always been in the air, the possibility of working with Hunter. He said, "Yes, send me the track." In this case he wanted to write to a track. We cut the track and scatted the melody on the track. Two weeks later, he sent back these lyrics syllable-by-syllable to my melody. It hit me right away. I got chills singing it, and chills reading it. Didn't even see him — he was never in the same room.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Sep 25, 2009 8:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

Well now, here's another good companion who doesn't show up often enough. Heavy workload keeping you away still, Alan?

Having read those Hornsby interviews I stand corrected as to the writing process of Cyclone - but I'm still going to stick with my initial impression, which is that neither of these most respected gentlemen were at the top of their game on this collaboration.

Don't be a stranger, Mr Hungar!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 25, 2009 9:12am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

Like most new material I think it needs time to sink in. Right now I'm not overwhelmed with it. Maybe that will change, who knows. As for the Clapton tune, I think musically it's really funky and I like it. Lyrically and vocally I'm not into it. Again maybe time will tell.

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Poster: Dan Russ Date: Sep 25, 2009 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

Must say that although I surely like your company, you all are a finicky bunch.
Robert Hunter is the man with the pen and hard as I try now to dislike this lyric, I can’t.
I make no case for Hornsby, but when I read RH there is an automatic connect with the supreme gift of phrasing that Jerry applied to all his works. My mind and heart may be tainted by exposure to Hunter/Garcia but these Cyclone words ring true for me.

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Poster: Jerrob Hungar Date: Sep 25, 2009 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

Thanks, Rob. Strict regime in the office these days. Internet activity must be work related. Friday afternoon's about the only time I get to poke my head in the forum cos the commissar goes home early!
Good to see you and the lads are still on quality control!

Must give the album a listen and mull over Hunter's lyric before I can venture an opinion. 'The Black Rats of London' sounds inviting though!

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Sep 25, 2009 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

I agree. Black rats is the best cut I heard so far. And yes forumites it features the dreaded ----- squeeze box. I also think the tune works well live

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Poster: patourkid Date: Sep 25, 2009 6:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: hunter/Hornsby

Man I was really diggin it as I was reading the lyrics, I was also having a REALLY hard time thinking " how in the HELL could you put this to music?" Then I listened to it and realized.....oh....you can't. GREAT poetry to me and maybe it could eventually evolve into something better musically. But it sounded pretty contrived to me. I think the lyrics or whatever the hell you want to call it is great though. The basic premise strikes a deep nerve with me as Hunter stuff is often wont to do......I certainly remember days gone by when the raise of a hand seemed enough to rule my world.....and the wind was always at my back.......And even now as I am writing this the lyrics are stuck in my head. Maybe it'll grow on me.